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  • Re: Here you go, Terry !
    • (Login TLHart)
      Posted May 26, 2006 8:07 AM

      After this Memorial Day weekend we will have her ship shape and will post some additional photos. Thanks for all the kind comments on the Bella Donna. We have a labor of love with her.

      This winter Jefferson Beach Marina, under the management of Skipper Buds (a very bad thing), accomplished in 5 months the equivalent of 3 months work by refinishing all the teak stipping it bare, refinishing with 5 coats of epiphanes. Looks real good. Reworked the gauges on the helm, refurbished the windlass, refurbished the spot light, installed remote windlass switch on helm, replaced all head system hoses, installed new air horn (see in photo) and fixed miscellaneous pumps.

      The workmanship is quite good, however, the management of Skipper Buds is poor at project management and the worst thing to happen to a fine marina. About 3 years ago long time owner Al Wagner sold the majority interest to a large real estate developer that proposed a grand plan of condominiums, shopping plaza and semi private marina. Unfortunately, there are not enough millionaire's to fullfill his scheme and is being bested by a more practical development on the adjacent property to the north. So, being developers the new ownership cares not for the marina function. Thus, what was once a great facility is mismanaged, underfunded and in a state of collapse. Like as not, this will be our last year docking at JBM. Too bad, really.

      BTW, I have begun scanning my manuals, wiring diagrams, and miscellaneous material. One of these days I will forward these to you, Paul. Perhaps then, you can post them in the reference area.

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